Seems I'm not the only one decorating early this year. I have never decorated this early. I mean. we haven't even celebrated Thanksgiving yet! But as I was going over my planner I realized that I needed to get started lickety split or I would be spending Christmas in an insane asylum.
Take a look at some other bloggers who have started their decorating early this year:
Yesterday afternoon my husband noticed a truck & U-haul stopped on I10 about an hour out of Phoenix. He didn't think too much of it until he saw a girl (probably in her twenties) walking along the side of the highway heading towards the next exit (about a mile away). He pulled over and asked me to get out and meet her to see what she needed. Luckily, she just ran out of gas so we took her to the gas station to get a can of gas and drove her back to her car.
As it turns out, she is a newlywed whose husband was deployed right after their wedding last year and she was headed to their new duty station. It was sure nice to be able to help her out and even better that we were able to help someone whose spouse is serving our country.
I joined my first book club this past August. I did it for two reasons - my friend asked me and I thought it would be fun to read some books that are a little outside of my comfort zone. Boy, did that happen. I usually read books like 'Crazy Rich' (above) - interesting non-fiction types of books or easy reads like Elin Hilderbrand or Emily Giffin.
Our first book was 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn which I read when it first came out (and the third reason I joined the book club - since I had already finished the book I would at least be guaranteed that I'd finish one!) Our next book was this one:
I liked this one even if it was a bit far-fetched (in my opinion). It was a quick read and a bit of a page turner.
We have also read this:
Another good one. So far I was 3 for 3 and getting really into this book club thing!
And then we read this:
I didn't even finish it.
We then read 'The Book Thief' which was a little rough start for me but I ended up enjoying it. I haven't seen the movie yet but really want to.
Our current book is 'And The Mountains Echoed' by Khaled Hosseini, the author of 'The Kite Runner'. I am having a tough time with this one. Book club is Wednesday night and it's still a crap shoot as to whether or not I'll finish the book before then.
I'd like to get to the point where I can read our book club book and one other book each month. A lofty goal for me since Downton Abbey just started back up last night...
Well, it's been a while. We made it through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with lots of fun memories. The 31 Day Challenge took it out of me, I must admit. Challenging it was for sure. Lots of debate in my head was going on about continuing to blog or not but I decided I don't really need to make a decision, I can just do it when the mood hits. So here I am with my year-end re-cap. I have a love/hate relationship with these re-caps - I love the idea of looking back on the year - seeing what was popular with readers, what was a dud, looking at the pictures I took, getting re-inspired, etc. But I hate them because I think they're kind of a lazy way to create a new post. So, here goes, some of my most popular posts of 2013:
My Front Door Update - I painted our front door gray. I love the color but actually am not too thrilled with how it looks with the creamy paint color of the rest of the house. So it looks like there is another painting project in my future....
Sticking with the subject of money, I will again be doing the 52 Week Money Challenge and I hope I am more successful than last year...
The end of 2012 brought us a Little Adventure which I posted about in early January 2013.
And, just for fun, this is the least viewed post of the year: Day 25 of the Making your House your Home series - all about the family calendar. I am always interested in how other moms keep things running smoothly so I thought it would be a popular subject. Who knew?